Recipes


Muffuletta

Homemade Italian loaf with layers of ham, salami, provolone, and castelvetrano olive relish. This sandwich starts with a large loaf of sesame bread piled high with meats, cheese and finished with an olive, garlic pepper salad. A tasty treat to satisfy your Dagwood sized cravings. The muffuletta was first created in the early 1900s by […]

Duck Breast with Corn Risotto

Black pepper and coriander seared duck breast with sweet corn risotto and pickled corn relish. When you hear duck and risotto, you don’t necessarily think light and fresh. You probably think rich and heavy. But, this recipe adds bright, fresh flavors to balance the richness, making it a light summery dish. Before cooking the duck […]

Mango Cake

Mango vanilla cake layers with fresh mango filling and mango buttercream. This cake is packed with mango. Fresh mango is baked into the cake and fills the center, freeze-dried mango flavors the buttercream frosting, and dried candied mango garnishes the top. The cake’s layers are tender and fluffy in texture. To create this texture, I […]

Mexican Street Corn Tamales

Tender masa dough with smoky corn queso filling and chipotle crema. Tamales and street corn combined together to make one tasty Mexican treat! Tamales are not that difficult to make, but they are time-consuming. This recipe is for about 20 tamales, which is not that many, considering how much time goes into making them. The […]

Cherry Rum and Coke Slushy

Fresh cherries, coke, and a healthy dose of rum, frozen to slushy perfection. This is a fun cocktail with a hint of nostalgia for a hot summer day. Watch out for brain freeze! The idea for this cocktail started from the memory of cherry limeade. Its sweet-tart flavor and loads of crushed ice call out […]

Tri-Tip with Roasted Pepper Salsa

Pan-seared tri-tip with roasted poblano and Anaheim pepper salsa. This is an easy summer recipe that pairs bright, fresh flavors of the season’s produce with tender steak. Tri-tip is a cut of beef from the bottom sirloin. The name comes from the triangular shape and tapered tip. It is also called the Santa Maria steak […]

Tahitian Style Shrimp Ceviche

Shrimp marinated in lime juice and Hawaiian sea salt, mixed with shaved coconut, cantaloupe, cucumber, and coconut milk. This recipe is a sweeter, fruitier take on the traditional Tahitian dish poisson cru. Poisson cru, literally meaning raw fish, is a Tahitian dish much like Latin American ceviche. It consists of raw fish or seafood marinated […]

Longan Fruit Salad

Longan, cherries, and cantaloupe with kumquat citrus syrup. It’s summertime, and some of the best fruits are in season. So why not throw them together in a tasty salad? This salad is made with one of my favorite tropical fruits, longans. The fruit is from a tree in the soapberry family of which lychee and […]

Yogurt Chicken with Zucchini and White Beans

Seared yogurt marinated chicken with fresh herbs, zucchini, and creamy white beans. This is a light Mediterranean-inspired dish with slightly smoky yogurt chicken served over sautéed zucchini, peppers, spinach, white beans, and a touch of parmesan. This recipe calls for cooking beans in stock with parmesan rind. Now, I usually keep a bag of leftover […]

Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie

Oreo cookie crust layered with creamy peanut butter and rich chocolate fillings, topped with fresh whipped cream. If you like peanut butter and chocolate, this pie will not disappoint. With its light, creamy fillings and Oreo crust, it tastes like a giant peanut butter cup. Only better! This recipe is pretty easy. It does have […]

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